Teachers netting invertebrates “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

—Mark Van Doren

At the Missouri Botanical Garden, we regard teachers as close colleagues. The role they play in our world is simply heroic, and we thank them for their daily, unwavering commitment to creating curious, lifelong learners. To support and strengthen teachers, we offer a diversity of courses, workshops and other experiences in the summer and throughout the school year.

Some schools and districts count Garden professional development toward district-required professional development units. College credit is available for select summer workshops.

For more information, please e-mail teachertraining@mobot.org.


Custom Professional Development Outreach

Administrators—Are you looking for professional development opportunities for your staff?

The Missouri Botanical Garden's School Programs team offers topnotch STEM and inquiry training for K–12 that can be incorporated into an established professional development day or offered as an evening or weekend program at your school. Programs typically last 45–60 minutes and serve up to 30 teachers. Additional programs may be scheduled within the same day to serve larger groups.

Outreach costs for professional development programs are:

  • $150 for the first hour and $50 for each additional hour (to take place the same day).
  • $1/mile over 20 miles.

Professional development programs may be uniquely designed for your school upon request. (Additional planning costs may be incurred. These will be discussed with you prior to scheduling.)

Please e-mail teachertraining@mobot.org to discuss programming options.


At Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

Teacher examining a dead tree

Take a summer workshop at the Garden's Litzsinger Road Ecology Center to improve your skills as an outdoor place-based educator.

2024 workshops include Effective Outdoor Learning, Nature-based Learning, Sustainable Schoolyards to name a few. Learn more

Litzsinger Road Ecology Center helps teachers engage their students in place-based education: using local ecology as a framework for studying a variety of subjects while interacting with the community.

Located in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area, this unique 39-acre study center encompasses a rich variety of habitats including bottomland forest, restored prairie, and an urban creek.


EarthWays Sustainability Network (ESN)

The EarthWays Sustainability Network (ESN) is a year-long teacher professional development program that serves to provide waste and recycling support to educators throughout the St. Louis community. This network of trained educators is dedicated to learning more about waste, waste reduction, and recycling, takes a leadership role in their school's efforts to reduce waste and provides peer support and guidance to other educators.
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Online Master's Degree

Advanced Inquiry Program
Ignite ecological and social change while earning your master’s degree! This program combines web-based courses through Miami University with experiential learning, internships, and field study in person at the Garden. Learn more



School Programs Catalog

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